‘Wine Party’ T-Shirt Almost Prevented a Georgia Woman From Voting
Voter Joanna Chesley was stopped from entering a Forsyth County, Georgia, polling station at 7:30 a.m. until she turned her shirt inside out. Her ironic T-shirt featured a ballot with a box checked for “wine party.”
Chesley, a cafeteria worker in Forsyth County’s school system, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a polling station volunteer would not let her enter under state laws that prohibit voters from promoting a candidate or party within 250 feet of any voter building and 25 feet from any voter in line.
"I can't believe I go to cast my vote for presidency of this country and my First Amendment rights are violated at the polls," Chesley said.
According to WXIA-TV / 11Alive, the volunteer saw that there wasn’t a candidate’s name on the shirt, but Chesley was still escorted to the bathroom to turn her shirt inside out. Chesley said her intention was not to intimidate other voters.
"This election has everyone on edge," she said. "It was meant to make people laugh and relax."